Youngster’s bid to bring Christmas cheer to the Lister

This year, Alfie aged nine from Letchworth, is helping to bring Christmas cheer to children at the Lister. He has generously donated £100, a gift from his granny, to the Bluebell ward at the hospital where he was treated for leukaemia.

Alfie was two years old when he received his diagnosis and spent the next four years in and out of hospital. During his time on Bluebell ward, he was given his very own toy box that was put together by the Trust’s play specialists for children too poorly to visit the play room. The toy boxes help reduce anxiety and make an unsettling situation more bearable.

When asked why he wanted to donate his money to East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, Alfie said:

“Because they [play specialists] helped me, when I had cancer they helped me get through it, they helped me get better. The toy box made a big difference to my stay in hospital, when I wasn’t able to leave my room it was nice to have toys to play with and to be able to colour in. I want to make sure other children get to have toys too.”

Alfie is asking for others to follow in his footsteps and to donate to the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity this Christmas. If you are interested in learning more about the charity and how you can donate, visit Alfie’s Christmas Wish on JustGiving or the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity web page.